Maroon Bells & Maroon Lake
Maroon Lake always gets top billing for fall color, not just in Aspen, but in all of Colorado. While that means you're guaranteed company on the lake shore, there is a good reason it garners so much attention: there is simply no other vista that is more perfect. Sweeping up from both sides of the lake is a mosaic of aspen trees turning every shade from green to gold, and in between, the twin summits of Maroon Bells, which on still mornings reflect on the lake's surface. Show up early, or expect to take the shuttle. Either way, it's so worth it.